*8Things:If (then)

I can tell there is hard, boring work to be done because suddenly my Gremlins are saying “If” a lot.  “If only you had X you wouldn’t have to do Y.” It’s how they distract me from doing the tasks at hand. By whinning.

I’m going to try to turn whinning into a superpower by turning my major If’s into “If….then” clauses that might get me closer to my dream goals. Wanna play?

8things from Magpie Girl

1. IF you had a start-up fund you would have the help you need for your small business. (THEN I’d better start reading Itty Biz  because according to this interview, she is all about helping “single person business” get rolling.)

2. IF I had unlimited funds all my clothes would fit and be flattering. (THEN I’d better get rid of the unflattering stuff and start building a wardrobe that flatters one piece at a time.)

3. IF I could, I would spend a good portion of each winter in a sunny climate. (THEN I’d better get on some home exchange sites and see what we can work out.)

4. IF I was single I would never eat anything a but take-out and scrambled eggs for dinner. (THEN you better stop with the 50’s housewife “hot home cooked meal with two sides” crap and recognize that your family is fine with a bowl of spaghetti and some sliced bell peppers.)

5. IF I had more time I would swim every day. (THEN you better start realizing the time you have is the time you have, and choose to make swimming a priority.)

6. IF my bike was working I would ride it more. (THEN you better find the spare keys, walk it to the bike shop, and  pump up the tires on Saturday.)

7. IF I knew how, I would get my readers talking a little bit more. (THEN you better start trying different techniques/ideas and see what works.)

8. IF  I could hire someone who could write code, I wouldn’t have to do so much manual fiddly work on my websites. (THEN you better start asking around to find out how to hire this mysterious person and how much it would cost.)

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Susan April 22, 2010 at 5:43 am

#4 made me laugh because I’ve had so many of your fabulous meals. I guess your gremlins know what a hot cook you are! Pass the dino-nuggets (gluten-free, of course)

kazari April 22, 2010 at 5:50 am

Oh, I love this game! I can play the if game for hours…

If somebody would help clean the house more, I’d have more time to write.
If I had a real writing qualification, it wouldn’t feel so presumptuous submitting my work.
If the baby would sleep better at night, I’d have enough energy to exercise.

i may have to write a post of my own :)

Robin April 22, 2010 at 7:35 am

If only my yarn would get here, I could prep for the craft fair (THEN get creative with the scraps you have and let invention happen)

If I had money to advertise, I could get the wrod out about my business (THEN use all the free resources you are aware of and start where you can)

If I had a community around me of like minded people, I would not feel so isolated (THEN find a way to build one with the tools that you have-the internet!)

Kristi Stender-Weessies April 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Wonderful thought for the day! and perfectly timed since I just started trying to do one “THEN” thing a day — no matter what! Argh! it’s tough to “do” — but it is uplifting when something starts to gain traction :)

J April 22, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Very inspiring! Thanks, definitely much needed idea for me these days.


jewellspring April 22, 2010 at 11:01 pm

OK! I played! Well, actually used it for a digging deeper exercise for myself today.

Allison April 24, 2010 at 2:03 am

Oh wow, I love this. What a fantastic way to break out a rut and give yourself some straight talk! I’ll definitely be trying this soon.

Victoria April 24, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Love this ‘positive self-talk’, to quote my mother. Bravo!

Deborah VanDetta April 25, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Great post! What a sneaky way to get past the gremlins…

Trenda April 26, 2010 at 3:11 am

If my practical, sensible, fact-loving husby would have a psychic experience, he would finally believe in my clairvoyance and intuitive abilities and I would feel validated. (THEN I’d better get used to feeling invalidated and just be content being miserable!)

If I could rewrite my childhood by first recasting my choice of authority figures, then I wouldn’t have to battle depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and nightmares. (THEN I’d better start channeling H.G. Wells so he can help me build a time machine in my garage!)

Thank you for this, Rachelle!

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Erinn April 26, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Great topic again!

lauren martin gauthier April 28, 2010 at 11:56 pm

just thought i’d come out of hiding and say “hello” and “this exercise is brilliant” b/c you’re looking for more conversation from your readers, and i (usually) like to talk ;) especially, i might add, to women who come from where i’ve come from, and seem to be headed where i’m now going…here’s to the journey- shared, yet unique!

Mary-Michael August 21, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Faboo post and very good of you to list only eight! Because I think I would have made a much longer list. I’ve been talking a lot to my gremlins lately and just telling them to chill out. They seem to be getting quieter!

cazamataz November 14, 2010 at 6:42 am

I’m soo going to enjoy this i’ll be thinking hard.. but ..IF only…… x

Ivonne April 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Great topic :D I left the link to my blog entry on the Mr Linky. I hope I can get it all going on!

Fiona Leonard August 26, 2011 at 3:04 am

Like this! My if/then is usually…if I had money then I could have a decent wardrobe.

Thanks for the jolt in a different direction.

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